Youth Education: Teachers
The Youth Education Program offers a variety of activities for school groups, summer programs and teachers. Stay current on our California standards-based programs that help you connect your students to the natural world by signing up for Teacher Updates below. Also see Resources for more material to help plan a visit and prepare your students to explore San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Open daily at 7:30am / Closing is seasonal.
Guided School Walk Lottery for Fall/Winter 2015 is now CLOSED
Free guided walks for K-5 students in February through May will be assigned in December. Check here in November for information and application forms for the spring walk lottery. If you have been selected for a fall/winter walk, click on the pink snail for more information to help prepare for your visit. If you would like to plan a self-guided walk, please continue scrolling on this page.
Teachers are welcome to bring students of all ages for self-guided visits and admission is free. The "Nature Detectives" packet is available for K-5 teachers to help you make the most of your visit. Worksheets on plant adaptations and habitats will help older students explore the garden on their own or in groups. Please contact us at (415) 661-1316 x 407 to let us know of your plans, and please be sure your students understand that the garden not just a park, but a museum with living specimens that must be treated with respect. Above all, have a wonderful time!
Let 'em get dirty
Children's Garden School Program
"From Acorn to Oak" Summer Program for Groups
"Garden Explorers" Summer Program for Groups
Please call for more information. (415) 661-1316 ext. 407
Garden Orientations for Teachers
Have you thought about leading your students on a visit to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, but just don't know where to start? Call us to arrange a garden orientation for you and your colleagues, to help you make the most of your visits! These free programs can be scheduled after school, a minimum of 7 teachers is required. Please call for more information. (415) 661-1316 ext. 407.
The Botanical Garden Society offers professional development opportunities in collaboration with the SF Green Schoolyard Alliance, the California Academy of Sciences, and the San Francisco Unified School District. Check back regularly to learn about upcoming programs such as Ecology of the School Garden, At Home in San Francisco, and The Ecoliteracy Institute.
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